In the United Nations on Wednesday (12 November) the United States proposed that the General Assembly ask all governments to proclaim an unconditional amnesty for prisoners detained for their political beliefs.
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SV INT U.S. delegate Daniel Moynihan speaks to assembly
MOYNIHAN: "In an address on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations , United States Secretary of State, Henry A. Kissinger, took note that we are living in one of the rarest moments in the modern history of the world. for at this moment in all of the world there is not a single nation state engaged in war against another nation state. It appears to the United States that such a moment in life calls for not less extraordinary measures of reconciliation not only between nations but within them. To this end the united States desires to propose a world wide amnesty for political prisoners. it proposes a General Assembly resolution which and I quote "appeals to all governments to proclaim an unconditional amnesty by releasing all political prisoners in the sense of persons deprived of their liberties, primarily because they have in accordance with the universal declaration of human rights sought peaceful expression of beliefs and opinions at variance of those held by their governments or have sought to provide legal or other forms of non-violent assistance to such governments.......Mr. President the United Nations has (indistinct) already taken at this General Assembly at least two steps in this direction. A draft resolution in the special political committee entitled solidarity with South African political prisoners called on South Africa to grant an unconditional amnesty to all persons imprisoned or restricted for their opposition to apartheid or acts arising from such opposition" I quote. Mr. President, as you know, the United States voted for this resolution."
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Background: In the United Nations on Wednesday (12 November) the United States proposed that the General Assembly ask all governments to proclaim an unconditional amnesty for prisoners detained for their political beliefs. U.S. delegate to the U.N., Daniel Moynihan submitted a draft resolution to the Assembly's social committee.
If approved, the resolution would have the Assembly state that many categories of dissidents have been subjected to torture, arbitrary arrest and detention and unfair or secret trials--all acts in violation of rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. Moynihan said that the resolution called for more measures of reconciliation not only between nations but within them. he said that the Assembly had already taken two steps in that direction. The Assembly had called on South Africa to grant an unconditional amnesty to persons imprisoned or restricted for opposing apartheid, and on Chile for the release of those detained for political reasons.
He asked whether there was any reason to limit U.N. concern to only two U.N. members when there are altogether 143. Unless they cared about political prisoners everywhere they did not really care about them anywhere, Mr. Moynihan said.